If you are unsure exactly who to contact with your inquiry or request, please reach out to CSJ’s Executive Director, Andria. Wisler@georgetown.edu.
Melissa Bernard (G’20)
Melissa serves as the DC Mission Integration Coordinator at the Center for Social Justice. In this role, Melissa works to expand the University-wide relationship with L’Arche Greater Washington DC, and steward other mission-based partnerships for the CSJ. Melissa supports students in understanding GU’s Jesuit mission in their transitions to and from Georgetown. This transitions portfolio includes supporting CSJ’s pre-orientation program known as FOCI, the Options Series, and students discerning how to incorporate Jesuit values into their post-graduate futures. Melissa has a background in education and human development, having received her BA from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. After graduating, she served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps for a year in Washington, DC, as the Homelessness Outreach Programs Coordinator for the CSJ and Georgetown’s Campus Ministry. Melissa is a graduate of the MPS in Higher Education Administration program at Georgetown University.
Lucia transitioned to the role of Operations Manager in February 2020. She originally joined the Center for Social Justice team as a Payroll and Van Administrator in October 2013. In that role, she ensured the efficient and timely payment of the approximately 300 student employees involved in CSJ’s community-based service activities. She also oversaw student van coordinators, managed monthly billing processes, and verified that vehicles are in compliance with state, leasing agent, and Georgetown policies and requirements. Now Lucia has broad administrative oversight of CSJ’s hiring, equipment rentals, space usage. She also supervises the Center Operations Interns (COIs). Lucia is originally from the Republic of Moldova and graduated with a degree in Romanian and English Literature from the University of Bucharest. Lucia began her career working for the US Peace Corps in Moldova, providing administrative and interpreting support to volunteers and Peace Corps staff. After immigrating to the United States, Lucia provided comprehensive administrative support in the private sector for nine years.
Erick Castro (C’18)
Program Coordinator, After School Kids (ASK) Program
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Erick is the Program Coordinator for the ASK Program. In this role, Erick manages the youth referral process for youth beginning the program. He oversees youth case files and meets with families, schools, and caseworkers to ensure that each youth’s needs are met in all areas. Originally from Redwood City, California, Erick received his BA in Psychology from Georgetown and participated with ASK as a tutor and coordinator. He was also a part of Georgetown EMS (GERMS), serving to train both civilians and medical responders in CPR and emergency medicine. Erick’s professional interests include using entrepreneurship as a tool for youth to develop public speaking and business skills.
Suzie Dhere (G’19)
Assistant Director, Youth Justice Programs
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Suzie Dhere joined the Center for Social Justice as the Assistant Director of Youth Justice Programs in December 2018. In this role, Suzie is responsible for directing the After School Kids (ASK) Program which supports and empowers adjudicated youth in DC to make positive changes in their lives by challenging them with new learning opportunities and teaching the necessary skills to meet those challenges.
Prior to joining CSJ, Suzie worked for Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) on CJJR’s efforts to improve outcomes for juvenile justice and child welfare system-involved youth through the use of evidence-based approaches and multi-system collaboration. Her interest in juvenile justice reform was sparked by her work facilitating writing and poetry workshops for DC juvenile justice system-involved youth with the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop. Suzie graduated from William and Mary with a degree in Global Studies and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Transformation with a specialization in Policy and Advocacy from Georgetown University. She also has certifications in Educational Policy and Program Evaluation, Project Management, and Strategy and Performance Management. Most importantly, Suzie is a proud YMCA mentor and a loyal Washington Wizards fan.
Campus Business Manager
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Whitney joined the Office of the Provost’s Finance and Business Services in March of 2020 and serves as the Campus Business Manager for the Center for Social Justice. In this role, Whitney facilitates the completion of all procurement requests, supports academic units with the annual budgeting process, oversees forecasting and financial analysis of special projects, and completes the reconciliation of assigned accounts. Prior to joining the CSJ, Whitney worked as a Budget and Coverage Analyst on Georgetown University’s Medical Campus. Additionally, Whitney attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied Community Health Education and is currently pursuing a BA with a concentration in Business & Entrepreneurship from Georgetown University.
Assistant Director, Educational Equity Programs
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Noelle Gipson joined the Center for Social Justice team as the Assistant Director for Educational Equity Programs in October 2018. In this role, Noelle directly supervises three tutoring and mentoring programs: DC Reads, DC STEM, and the Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning (SITL). In addition, she supervises and supports the Georgetown Jumpstart Site Manager to implement the AmeriCorps PreK literacy program. Noelle received a BA in English Arts with a minor in Leadership Studies from Hampton University, an MA in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Reading Specialist certification from Xavier University of Louisiana. Her commitment to literacy, social justice, and urban education led her to serve as a 6th grade English teacher in New York City and K-4th grade reading interventionist in New Orleans. In addition, Noelle has implemented young adult leadership development programs as the Founding Trainer for The Posse Foundation, Inc. in New Orleans where she facilitated workshops about various cross-cultural topics. Prior to joining the CSJ team, Noelle was a program manager for The Literacy Lab where she supervised AmeriCorps PreK literacy tutors who served in DC Public Schools.
Kyra Hanlon (SFS’16)
Assistant Director, Immersion Programs
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Kyra Hanlon is the Assistant Director, Immersion Programs at the Center for Social Justice. In this role, Kyra is responsible for managing 20+ local and global immersion experiences, overseeing student leadership development, and coordinating with campus partners through CSJ’s Alternative Breaks Program. Kyra’s portfolio also includes CSJ’s commitments to ethical global service learning through support of CSJ-funded students working outside of the United States, CSJ’s wrap-around course UNXD 030 Intersections of Social Justice, and The 100 Projects for Peace award. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Kyra received her BS in Culture and Politics from Georgetown University in 2016 before moving to Memphis, Tennessee. While in Memphis, Kyra served as an AmeriCorps member with Impact America and then transitioned to serve as Impact’s Tennessee State Co-Director, managing AmeriCorps programming for vision screenings, VITA tax sites, and documentary filmmaking. As an undergraduate, Kyra worked as a Teaching Assistant for CSJ’s Intersections course and as a Center Operations Intern.
Site Manager, Jumpstart
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Taryn joined the Center for Social Justice in October of 2019 as the Jumpstart Site Manager. In this role, they support a team of Georgetown students who provide after-school programming for underserved preschool children in DC to develop language, literacy, and socio-emotional skills. Taryn is an experienced program coordinator and bilingual educator and is guided by the belief in education as a powerful tool for social change. Prior to joining the CSJ, Taryn worked at an after-school program with LGBTQ youth leaders and as the Volunteer Coordinator at an organization that advocates for unaccompanied immigrant youth. Taryn graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in Latin American Studies and Public Policy and Community Action, and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach for a year in Chiapas, Mexico. Additionally, Taryn holds certifications in Elementary Education and Secondary Spanish Education and is a native of Massachusetts.
Jessica Lee joined CSJ’s team as the DC Schools Project Program Director in July 2013 and transitioned to her current role in February 2020. Jessica is responsible for the oversight of the DC Schools Project which delivers English literacy skills support to children, youth, and adults of low-income, immigrant backgrounds in the DC area, focusing on providing direct support and advocacy for newcomer youth and their families through emergency family planning for deportation and broader policy advocacy work in coalition with local immigrant justice organizations. Jessica also serves as a lead facilitator on the Racial Justice Working Group for the CSJ team and on the Undocumented Students Advisory Task Force to support undocumented students on campus. Jessica is from Portland, Oregon, where she attended Lewis and Clark College and earned a BA in International Affairs and Foreign Languages. She attended the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California for her Master’s in Public Administration, with a concentration on nonprofit management and returned to Portland to work with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon on immigration, education, and health equity issues in Oregon’s communities of color. Previous to joining CSJ, Jessica worked as the Community Health and Service-Learning Coordinator at Georgetown Medical School.
Whitney Maddox (G’10, ’19)
Assistant Director, Leadership Development and Racial Justice Initiatives
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Whitney Maddox joined CSJ’s team as the Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Leadership Development in April 2017 and, as of July 2019, serves as CSJ’s Assistant Director, Leadership Development and Racial Justice Initiatives. In this role, Whitney is responsible for connecting Georgetown students to service and social justice opportunities, managing CSJ’s advising of student organizations, and building CSJ’s staff members’ capacity to oversee and advise student organizations through leadership development. Whitney has oversight over CSJ’s Racial Justice curriculum which aims to increase students’ capacity to talk about race through leadership development and programming. Whitney transitioned to the CSJ from Georgetown University’s Office of Student Conduct where she spent five years overseeing administration of the student conduct system, and implementing fair conduct procedures to resolve the most serious cases of the University to include sexual assault and bias related incidents. While pursuing her Masters degree in Journalism from Georgetown, Whitney served as a Graduate intern in Georgetown’s Center for Multicultural Equity and Access (CMEA) and worked with families in targeted DC public schools to bolster college knowledge and engagement in the college search and financial aid processes. After earning her degree in 2010, Whitney continued her work in CMEA, recruiting middle school students from DC and raising awareness of the importance of being college-ready. Whitney completed her second Masters from Georgetown in 2019 in the Communication, Culture and Technology program. Whitney is from Oakman, Alabama and attended Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama, a city rich with civil rights history.
Program Manager, AfterSchool Kids (ASK) Program
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Shanelle serves as the Program Manager for the ASK Program at the Center for Social Justice. In this position, Shanelle oversees program design and implementation, the training of our Georgetown student tutors and coordinators, and ensures program runs smoothly. Originally from North Carolina, Shanelle received her BA in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Social and Economic Justice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shanelle moved to Washington, DC the summer of 2013 to serve as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year an educational non-profit that provides tutoring, mentorship to students in under-resourced schools. After spending 5 years in urban education with various non-profits, including her own, Shanelle followed her interests in real estate and community development to work for affordable housing, homelessness outreach and displacement prevention. Seeing how housing discrimination and education intersect, her passion for social justice remains. She is passionate about youth development, juvenile justice, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, community activism. She considers herself a life-long learner, and will forever be a TARHEEL, but loves being a Hoya!
Katerina serves as the HOME Program Coordinator; Homelessness, Outreach, Meals and Education. In this role she works directly with community partners to implement how the Center for Social Justice, Campus Ministry, and Georgetown Students and resources can best be an ally to the DC community, particularly around the issue of homelessness. Originally from Carrollton, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri, Katerina received her BA from Knox College where she studied Music and Peace and Justice Studies. Katerina has previously been part of the Catholic Worker in DC and now serves as a volunteer through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
Ray Shiu served as Associate Director of CSJ since February 2012 and became its inaugural Deputy Director in January 2020. In this role, he is responsible for the overall management of CSJ’s staff-run and student-run social justice community-based service, including student development, community and university outreach, and fiscal and administrative management. Ray joined CSJ as Special Programs Coordinator in 2004 and served as Program Director for Student Leadership and Special Programs from 2006 to 2012. Originally from Modesto, CA, Ray received his BS in Genetics from the University of California, Davis. After graduation, he moved to New York City and worked as a program and financial officer at a research center at the Columbia University Business School. While in New York City, Ray earned his MA in Higher Education, with a concentration in academic and student development from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Dr. Andria Wisler
Dr. Andria Wisler became the Executive Director of the Center for Social Justice in January 2013. She first joined Georgetown University in Fall 2008 as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Program on Justice and Peace (JUPS) and served as Director of that program from January 2011-December 2012. Andria received her Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education and Philosophy from Columbia University and master’s in International Educational Development and Peace Education from Teachers College. Her research and teaching are in the fields of peace education, conflict studies, and international educational development, and her principal interest lies in the transformative potential of educational initiatives in post-conflict societies and for girls living in urban poverty. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Andria began her vocation within education as a school teacher at an independent school, the Cornelia Connelly Center (CCC), which serves low-income girls of the Lower East Side, New York City. She served as an invited member of the Board of Trustees of the CCC for six years.
At Georgetown, Andria has been involved in several campus initiatives and programs. She has participated in the inaugural group of Doyle Fellows, a campus initiative on inclusion and diversity, the Engelhard Initiative, and in the Fall 2010 semester, Andria was a faculty-in-residence in Georgetown’s Alanya, Turkey study abroad/community living-and-learning program. Andria co-edited (with Celina Del Felice and Aaron Karako) Peace Education Evaluation (Information Age, 2015), a first of its kind resource of 20 chapters that reviews the trends and challenges in evaluation of peace education, presents case studies of programs around world, and offers ideas for methodological innovations.